The Cortez House is Renovation at its Best

If you’re going to renovate a building into a new home, “former butcher shop” may not top your list of choices, but then, you’re not Moss Architecture. The team took a former Chicago butcher shop and outfitted it with everything needed to make it a modern home with all the trimmings.

Cortez House lounge vie

The original building was built in 1905 from Chicago Common brick. Much like the original purpose of the site, the lower level keeps a workshop but also adds in a living area, where you’ll find a restored Bromann Brothers cooler. Upstairs you’ll find the master suite that has full-height windows that lead out to a private balcony, thanks to a recessed wall.

The roof of the building captures rainwater for the garden below, which is given shade by the cantilevered deck. The new addition is clad in Corten steel. The cube has been weathered, so while it is new, it has the aged appearance to make it fit in with the rest of the building.

Cortez House bedroom

It’s amazing what a little vision can do—like turning an old butcher shop into a comfortable family dwelling.

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window view Cortez House

Cortez House outside view